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Comment Progressive Bollocks (Score 1) 448

This is the tax system. The concepts of "do the right thing" and "their fair share" are ambiguous concepts. What is the right amount ? 10%? 20%? 30%? On what income is it levied ?? It's an easy slogan to use without having to put any meat on it. Nothing in this is illegal. If you are pissed off about it lobby your government and representatives to amend the tax laws. Apple as a corporate entity are obliged to make a return for their shareholders. Minimising the tax burden is one of the ways to do it. Is Slashdot now promoting the policies of the "progressive" left ?

Comment Re:Banning children of uneducated parent from scho (Score 4, Insightful) 281

It's not uneducated parents that are the problem. It's a lot of middle-class mothers who are totally convinced by the pseudo-science and rubbish that's peddled on the internet and by "Wellness" gurus. Australia seems to be infested with them.

Someone has just been hammered for this.

The Paleo Diet is alive and well here, pushed by a chef who somehow has become a dietary-science expert and made a mint from pushing books that contain dangerous pseudo-diets.

We also seem to be very susceptible to charlatans spruiking special-cancer treatments that do nothing but give false hope, drain someone's bank account and leaves them dead quicker.

Submission + - Sorry, Apple, the Headphone Jack Isn't Going Anywhere (yahoo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Two things unite almost every phone on display here at Mobile World Congress 2017: Android and a headphone jack. Apple doesn’t exhibit its wares at this trade show, so the domination of Google’s operating system is predictable. But the headphone jack’s persistence did not look so inevitable when Apple cut it from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last September. Lenovo’s Motorola subsidiary had already shipped a phone without a headphone hack, the Moto Z, and Apple’s influence over the rest of the smartphone industry remains formidable — indeed, within months, the Chinese firm LeEco had debuted a lineup of Android phones devoid of headphone jacks. As my colleague David Pogue predicted in a post approving Apple’s move: “Other brands worldwide will be following suit.” The hardware on display here at the world’s largest mobile tech conference, though, suggests otherwise. Two days of walking around the show floor showed companies expressing a consistent unwillingness to abandon the humble headphone jack, even on models as thin as, or thinner than, the iPhone 7. The MWC floor revealed only one company willing to do away with the headphone jack: HTC. The Taiwan-based firm, which has struggled financially for years despite shipping such well-reviewed models at the HTC 10, used its exhibit to showcase the U Ultra and the U Play, which rely on their USB-C ports for audio output. Unlike, Apple, though, the company didn’t make the move to save space, but rather to incorporate its “USonic” feature, which lets the phones’ headphones calibrate themselves to your ears and provide noise cancellation.

Submission + - Can Technology Prevent Cops From Forgetting To Turn On Their Body Cameras? (fastcompany.com)

tedlistens writes: Stun gun maker Taser's growing police camera division has announced a new wireless sensor for gun and Taser holsters that can detect when a weapon is drawn and automatically activate all nearby cameras. The sensor, Signal Sidearm, is part of a suite of products aimed at reducing the possibility that officers will fail to switch on their cameras during encounters with the public. It happens more than it should: Last year in Chicago, for instance, an officer apparently forgot to turn on his camera before shooting and killing an unarmed 18-year-old named Paul O'Neal. Taser isn't alone in trying to address this and other technical and procedural issues with cameras, but reformers emphasize that just as body cameras won't solve problems with policing, new sensors won't prevent officers from failing to record.

Submission + - Can you bounce a water balloon off of a bed of nails?

Geoffrey.landis writes: Strangely, "can you bounce a water balloon off of a bed of nails?" had, up until now, not been on my list of important questions to keep me up at night thinking about. But students at Roskilde University in Denmark looked at exactly that question, and the somewhat more important question of exactly how the bounce is different, and how it is a model for bounding a droplet off of a nanostructured hydrophobic surface.
Their work is published in the European Journal of Physics
Alternate link: "can you bounce a water balloon off of a bed of nails?"

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why Are Many Products Deliberately Aimed At Younger Consumers? 4

dryriver writes: Everyone who is currently over 35 or so is familiar with a certain phenomenon: You've spent your childhood, teens and twenties buying everything "cool" — music, films, books, toys, clothing, computer games, comic books, PC hardware, game consoles, software, all sorts of consumer electronics. During this time, you and the rest of your generation kept the companies that produce this stuff flush with cash — it was your steady buying and consuming that allowed these companies to grow really big and thrive in financial terms. Now, suddenly, you are outside the target demographic for these same companies — they are still producing "stuff", but it is now aimed at new children, teens and tweens. When you look around for products made for a 35+ year old person, you find that almost everybody producing stuff is obsessed with serving a younger, less discerning demographic that is spending its parents' cash, just as you once spent your parents' cash. Why is this? Shouldn't products you "grew up with" also "grow with you as you grow" — accompany you into older age in a more mature, developed and sophisticated form in other words? Or is commerce all about get-their-money-while-they-are-young-and-impressionable?

Submission + - Is CGI a good or a service?

jader3rd writes: Freakonomics recently did a 55 minute podcast about the state of the Visual-Effects Industry. In the podcast Stephen Dubner goes over how other countries have made tax incentives which have heavily subsidized visual effects work. Resulting in jobs leaving America for foreign shores. What's interesting is that the United States and these other countries are WTO members, which forbid uncompetitive behavior between governments. But apparently that only applies to goods, and not services.

The example used in the podcast is putting Wolverine claws on Hugh Jackman. When subcontracting out work to put claws on Wolverine, should that be considered a service, or should the finished scene be considered a good? The usual standard is that if you can drop it on your toe it's a good. While you can't drop a scene on your toe, is the difference between a good and a service make sense in world where many products consist of digital bits?

Comment Stupid (Score 1) 96

Considering one of the persons involved was a Solicitor it doesn't seem like he showed superior judgement. FFS You pay quarter of a million quid for a flat and the person below wants to turn their "Guest House" into a bail hostel ? [ = huge amounts of money from the Government] FFS You would have the cast of trainspotting trooping in and out 24 hours of the day - say goodbye to your house value. It really does smell of payback doesn't it ? I would sell up and get out of there - that neighbour is going to be a continual pain in the arse for years. Google "Murrayfield Park Guest House" for more info - hardly glowing recommendations it looks like a right toilet. Mind you the complainant must have had rocks in his head for buying an apartment above a Guest House. It's close to Murrayfield so a tick in that box.

Comment Re:This Is Why I Voted for Brexit (Score 1) 156

Yes, regional stability is one of the many reasons.

Bollocks - regional stability has sweet f-all to do with the EU, despite what the EU administration would like you to think.
The only reason there is peace in Europe is because of NATO - something which pre-dates the EU political concept. Three of the largest contributors to Nato in manpower, money, equipment etc are non-mainland countries: US, UK and Turkey. The only mainland country who takes it seriously are the French.
Oh and the fact the previous uppity German leader was finally removed. Before that the European mainland has had 200+ years of war none of which, funnily enough, were started by the UK but always involved someone from the Mainland who decided their current boundaries weren't adequate.

Comment Rubbish (Score 1) 216

This sounds more like a PR puff piece from the company involved. Let's just ignore all of the Chip and Pin or "wave your card over the machine" payments systems in the rest of the world whose transactions must dwarf by many orders of magnitude anything India can manage. Slashdot is a shadow of it's former self - most of the articles it uses are really terrible bits of journalism or pure PR puff.

Comment Tiswas #1 (Score 1) 124

Ah Saturday Mornings. On the BBC we had the safe, middle-class, colourful jumper version with Noel Edmonds, Keith Chegwin etc. On the the other side it was anarchy and chaos with Sally, Chris, Bod, Lenny and John. The dying fly; The Phantom Flan Flinger. Lenny Henry got his career rolling on that although I'm sure his will disavow it now. One of the best bits was when he was pretending to read the News as Trevor McDonald and the real Trevor came up behind him. Although stuck for words, his comment "Well hello daddy" was a cracker. All of this of course is completely lost on non-UK people and those below a certain age. p.s. People moan about the UK and how racist it is but if that's so how does a black journalist born in Trinidad become such a much-loved icon ?

Comment Re:60 hours a week? (Score 1) 165

This is Scotland, part of the UK. There are no medical bills to rack up as it's one of the more enlightened countries on Earth which has free medical care for EVERYONE regardless of need or ability to pay. It's not perfect but it's a damn sight better than losing your house because you hurt yourself. Oh and if you can't work due to injury the state will pay you benefits. Also note that UK Health and Safety laws are very, very tough. If employees were being injured at an Amazon warehouse due to heavy manual labour they would be dragged through the courts by the Government.

Comment Re:Betcha they still run Windows XP (Score 3, Informative) 127

This is the UK. No patients are billed excepting for the occasional private room one and ambulance chasers for medical cases are very rare in the UK purely because even if they do win [Medical Negligence is not easy to prove in the UK and cases are dealt with by a judge only] the payout does not result in a huge legal payday. Speculative lawsuits in the UK are a non-starter.

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